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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2006

PSY 341k • 17-PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44879 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
SEA 2.108
Domjan, W

Course Description

This course is designed to examine the interaction between psychology and religion from a dual perspective. One focus will explore how psychology can illuminate our understanding of religion. A second focus will consider the ways in which religion influences psychological functioning, by impacting upon beliefs, behaviors and both mental and physical health. Psychology approaches the study of religion from an empirical, not a philosophical or theological, perspective.

Please note that the course will investigate global aspects of religion, such as the development and influence of faith; it is not intended to analyze, contrast, or evaluate specific religious beliefs. The bulk of theory and research in this area concerns the three major monotheistic religions, thus these religions will provide the class context.

Grading Policy

Grades: Each paper is worth 20% of your grade. Class participation /attendance can raise, but not lower, grades

Texts

Coles. Robert. The Spirituality of Children. Fuller, S. The Psychology of Religion: Eight Points of View. Hammer, D. The God Gene. Stern, Jessica. Terror in the Name of God. Optional: Smith, H.. The World's Religions.

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